(BaseballStL) — As the Cardinals look to continue to their march toward first place in the division, one of their key pieces gets closer to being able to contribute again.
Wednesday Yadier Molina took another step in his recovery.
“He did grab a bat and felt pretty good,” Mike Matheny said before the game. The activity was very light, but it was forward progress as the backstop rehabs his surgically repaired thumb.
On the defensive side, he was able to throw at nearly full speed.
“The ball was jumping out of his hands, he was all smiles about that,” Matheny said. “I think that’s what he was worried about.”
The manager said it appeared Molina was throwing with a modified splint, with tape supplying the primary support.
Wainwright Moving Up
Because of Thursday’s off day, Adam Wainwright’s start will be moved up to Friday. The Cardinals will move Shelby Miller back a day, allowing their ace to pitch the opener with Philadelphia.
“It’s more keeping Adam on regular rest,” Matheny said. “We like seeing him out there.”
The move will also allow Wainwright to pitch against the Pirates, St. Louis’ closest challenger for number two in the division.
Last Man Standing
The Cardinals continue to make their bank on two-out RBIs, picking up another Tuesday night. Their season total is 204, good for best in the National League and eight behind the MLB-leading Athletics.
St. Louis has four players among the top 25 in the NL, with Kolten Wong’s 27 leading the way with a tie for seventh.
Jon Jay rounds out the Redbirds in the standings, tied for 24th at 21. Jay is also riding an 11 game hitting streak and leads the Majors in being hit by a pitch with 15.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Jon Jay CF
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Matt Adams 1B
5) Jhonny Peralta SS
6) A.J. Pierzynski C
7) Oscar Taveras RF
8) Daniel Descalso 2B
9) Lance Lynn P